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Family Day: Eat Dinner with Your Children

Representative Philip Miller and First Selectwoman Catherine Iino to attend Family Dinner Night tonight at HK Middle School.

State Representative Philip Miller and First Selectwoman Catherine Iino Attend Family Dinner Night in Honor of National Family Dinner Night

When: September 26, 2011 from 6pm-8pm

Where: Haddam-Killingworth Middle School

            451 Route 81 

            Killingworth, CT

What: The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is hosting their first ever Family Dinner Night on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the HK Middle School Cafeteria. Dinner will be provided free-of-charge and door prizes will be available

Why:   Family Day: Eat Dinner with Your Children  is national movement launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to  promote the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners as a simple, effective way to prevent substance abuse in kids.

Teens that have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana; more than one and a half times likelier to use alcohol; and twice as likely to expect to try drugs in the future. (Source: casafamilyday.org)

More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.      

The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is a substance abuse prevention coalition made up of dedicated community member volunteers in an effort to change policy, educate, and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse, other risky behavior, and to promote the wellness of the community. For more information please contact Kathryn Glendon at 860-345-7498 or via e-mail kglendon@hkyfs.org.


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